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African Diaspora Newsletter No.9


Ph.D. candidate Behnaz Mirzai Als presented two conference papers recently. The first of these was on the panel " Indian Ocean Crosscurrents " chaired by Professor Edward Alpers at the 45th annual meeting of African Studies Association, Washington, D.C., December 5-8, 2002. The paper was entitled "Trade in African Slaves in Persia: A Historical Survey." Behnaz also presented a paper titled " The African Slave Trade in 19th Century Iran" on the panel "Iran andAfrica" chaired by Houchang Chehabi at the 36th annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association, Washington, D.C., November 23-26, 2002.

Professor Toyin Falola is organizing a conference "PERSPECTIVES ON YORUBA HISTORY AND CULTURE" that will be held March 26-28, 2004 at the University of Texas at Austin

Professor Jane Landers, of Vanderbilt University, who is on the International Advisory Board and closely associated with the Harriet Tubman Centre has just been awarded a four- year
grant from Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education /Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nivel Superior FIPSE/CAPES in conjunction with Howard University, Federal U of Bahia and U of Sao Paulo. This grant is to develop a program of graduate student exchanges and curriculum development and certification in concentrations on "Race, Development and Social Inequality." Professor Landers has also been elected to the editorial board of The Americas. As well, she will participate in a conference at the Smithsonian that wll focus on a new volume to which she contributed a chapter, Passages to Freedom : the Underground Railroad in History and Memory by David Blight.

Department of History, York University,  Toronto, Canada
Email: nigerian@yorku.ca
Fax: (416) 650-8173